13 Feb 2018

Bill English bows out: how social media reacted

12:13 pm on 13 February 2018

Social media erupted when National Party leader Bill English announced his resignation today. RNZ provides a taste of the public mood.

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Photo: VNP / Phil Smith

A mixture of grief, elation and spaghetti-on-pizza has swept social media with the news of Mr English bowing out.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tweeted about the news, saying Mr English "has made a huge contribution through his time in office and to politics generally.

"I admire those who serve NZ in this place, and Bill did it for a long time, and he did it well. My best wishes."

Former Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox also paid her respects on Twitter.

"I have great respect for Bill @RtHonBEnglish and enjoyed getting to know him during the brief time I worked with him.

"I believe his legacy has been to support and help usher in Whanau Ora with Dame Tariana and, bringing independent Māori, voice to the seat of government."

Bill English - and cat - on the campaign trail.

Bill English - and cat - on the campaign trail. Photo: RNZ / Chris Bramwell